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Hail the Viktor: Ahn wins 2 short track golds
(AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

SOCHI, Russia (AP) Viktor Ahn clapped as he crossed the finish line after leading Russia to Olympic gold in the 5,000-meter relay. His adopted country applauded right back, loudly cheering the short track skater the Russians have embraced as a new national hero.

"This will be the best Olympics in my life," he said in Korean. "I will never forget it."

Fittingly, Ahn capped his four-medal performance at the Sochi Games with gold in the relay, a medal he wanted the most as a way to unify the team he joined after forsaking his native South Korea.

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Interactives

  • shorttrack

    Short Track

    In a little more than two decades, the fast-paced event of short track speedskating has grown into one of the most thrilling at the Winter Games. Discover the equipment that allows competitors to keep going faster while remaining a little safer in the often treacherous sport. Find who has a chance to replace former U.S. Olympian Apolo Anton Ohno as the all-time leading medal winner in the event, what country has dominated recent games, what penalties can cause a dramatic change in the results and just how short a short track really is.

Short Track 

CountryTotal
 China2316
 Russian Federation3115
 South Korea2125
 Canada1113
 Italy0123
 United States0101
 Netherlands0011

Featured Athlete

J.R. Celski
USA J.R. Celski United States of America

  • Sport: Short Track
  • Height / Weight: 1.73m / 63.0 kg 5'8" / 139 lbs
  • Birthdate: 7/17/1990
  • Hometown: Federal Way, WA, USA
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